A big fish is a prize by anyone's standard. From an 8-pound Canadian walleye to a 10-pound bass, you can rig your fishing line to attract large predatory fish. By understanding where large fish commonly feed and which baits are most successful in enticing a strike, you can take the guesswork out of fishing. Using a few simple techniques, you can drop your fishing line to the best depth and reel in the biggest fish in that spot.
Tips & Warnings
Maintain your fishing reel so it is in working order when you need it.
Contact the Fish & Boat Commission, the Department of Natural Resources or the Department of Fish and Game in your state to ask about seasonal stocking patterns for streams, lakes and rivers--states such as California do not release the exact date of delivery. Pennsylvania replenishes its streams and lakes annually, whereas Indiana replenishes its streams and lakes seasonally.
Visit a local bait shop and inquire about recent catches from local anglers. Obtain species and sizing information for each catch. Record the information for your records.
Use gang hooks when fishing with crayfish. Add a bobber and then a small swivel--which minimizes line twists--to your fishing line. Tie the pre-tied gang hooks to the opposite end of the swivel. Add an optional split shot sinker if fishing deep waters.
Common fishing lures include spinner baits, jigs, spoons, big worms, lizards, craw worms, rattle traps, ring fries and tubes.